It is official. I have a serious case of spring fever. While it is too early to go outside and plant my seeds, there are plenty of other things I can do while I am waiting for the snow to melt. I thought it would be great to make a lotion bar that I can use now while we still have cooler weather. So while I dream of beautifully sunny days, a lounge chair and the sound of birds chirping, let’s head to the blog kitchen to create a lotion bar! We can dream together!
Finish Lotion Bar cooling in tubes
First I started with beeswax. I think beeswax is one of my favorite thickeners for things like lotions, lip balms and lotion bars. It has also been used by humanity for a very long time. Beeswax has been used in cosmetics and toiletries for almost as long as we have recorded history! It is simply amazing when you think about it.
Weighing Beeswax Beads
Secondly I used Virgin Coconut Oil. Is there anything that smells more like summer than coconut oil? I can’t think of anything! I love coconut oil because it melts at body temperature, producing a smooth and easy glide when the product is applied. It also feels fairly light without being greasy or oily. I also adore the smell. If you do not want the smell of coconut, feel free to use regular Coconut Oil.
Weighing Virgin Coconut Oil
Next I used High Melt Point Shea Butter. I think Shea Butter is one of the most well known exotic oils used by the cosmetic industry. With how smooth and creamy Shea Butter is, can you blame people for using it so frequently? I can’t! Products with Shea Butter are very dreamy and luxurious. That is why I added it to this lotion bar.
Weighing Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter
I also used Cocoa Butter. Cocoa Butter is very important in this formulation because of its texture. It needs that hard, brittle texture to create a smooth, stiff and consistent product. It also help the lotion bar apply more easily because it melts at body temperature.
Weighing Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil
Next I used Sweet Almond Oil. Sweet Almond Oil is a fantastic oil. It is really popular with massage therapists. I love when massage oils are mostly Sweet Almond Oil. If you have ever tried Sweet Almond Oil, you understand why!
Mixture almost completely melted
Finally I used Apricot Kernel Oil. Apricot Kernel Oil is also light in both color and texture. Apricot Kernel Oil has also been rumored to aid many ailments. Whether or not this is true, I don’t know. All I know is that I love the smooth glide Apricot Kernel Oil has when being applied to the skin.
Mixture completely melted
|Recipe in Grams
10 grams Beeswax
10 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
20 grams Shea Butter
15 grams Cocoa Butter
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
|Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Beeswax
0.35 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
0.70 oz Shea Butter
0.52 oz Cocoa Butter
0.88 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.35 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
10% Virgin Coconut Oil
20% Shea Butter
15% Cocoa Butter
25% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Apricot Kernel Oil
Weigh everything in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated balm into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!
Note: In order to prevent fractionation, I used High Melt Point Shea Butter. If you use regular Shea Butter, you may have fractionation occur.